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City of Dalhart changes utility billing system
The City of Dalhart, Utility Department, is currently in the
process of changing the Utility Billing Software. This conversion
process started several months ago and other accounting software has
already been changed. Converting the Utility Billing will be the last
step in converting to a different computer system.
Waking up to the smell of coffee gives me great satisfaction. Nothing will get me out of bed quicker than knowing the coffee is done. Just pushing a few buttons before going to bed at night assures me the amazing coffee machine will “do its thing” and at precisely 5:30 a.m. the coffee will brew. Guests in my home are welcome to “pick a mug” and enjoy that first cup while sleepy ones arrive in time for the second pot.
Wolves lose another close one
The Wolves could not get their shots to fall. They continued to
miss open shots under the basket all night long, everything Perryton
shot seemed to fall in. The result was a heartbreaking loss as the
Wolves fell to the Perryton Rangers Tuesday night 65-61. The Wolves
defense played great on the perimeter, but continually let Perryton
drive the lane for easy baskets, or they left the back door wide open.
Still, the Wolves continued to hustle and play hard. The real losing
factor was again Dalhart’s inability to make a free throw. The Wolves
made 12 out of 26 shots for a 46 percent free throw shooting average.
Coach Walker said, “This was a hard fought game and a hard one to
lose. The Wolves played extremely hard and played their roles well.”
The Wolves fall to 2-2 in district play with last year’s district
champ, Lubbock Estacado, coming to town Friday.
Lady Wolves rope Rangerettes
The Lady Wolves came to play Tuesday night. The young squad is
starting to mature, as they played one of their best games of the
season against the Perryton girls. The Lady Wolves used great pressure
defense and outstanding play under the basket by Jeanna Sybesmas and
Abbie Steele, to secure a 61-39 victory over Perryton. The win moves
Dalhart to 2-3 in district with an overall record of 11-9. Dalhart was
also very strong on the boards outrebounding Perryton 21-11. Both
teams had 14 turnovers. The Lady Wolves shot 64 percent in the first
quarter, and Abbie Steel ended the quarter when she drained a three
with three seconds left in the quarter to give Dalhart a 17-8 lead.
Jordan Banks started the second quarter with a three to make the lead
20-13. Jeanna Sybesma grabbed a rebound and put it back in to make the
score 22-15, then she did the same thing on the next possession. Abbie
Steele followed with a layup after a great assist from Karley White to
make the score 26-20. Brynn Dunham picked up her third foul, and
Perryton tied the game at 26. Tiffany Schumacher then shot another
three to give Dalhart the lead 29-26 at halftime.
One woman's rodeo life
High School Rodeo has given Laramie Wing, who just finished her
senior year at Dalhart High School early, the opportunity to improve
leadership and teamwork skills, compete in rodeo events, and pursue
college scholarships. Rodeo isn’t work for Laramie so much as a way of
Fire Corps coming to Dalhart
On January 26th at 6:00 p.m. the Dalhart Fire Department will
conduct an organizational meeting for the Fire Corps. Fire Corps is a
nationwide fire department auxiliary program that supports and
supplements resource-constrained fire departments through citizen
advocates. Citizen advocates provide non-operational activities and
duties that support firefighters during the course of their business.
March election has many candidates
Dallam and Hartley Counties are gearing up for elections in March.
Many seats are on the ballot, and a few are contested races. Early
voting begins on February 16th in both counties, and ends on February
26th. The election is scheduled for March 2nd.
Bi-County Livestock Show kicks off today
Show time! Pretty pigs, gorgeous goats, and
stunning steers are all being transported to the Rita Blanca Coliseum
for this year’s Bi-County Livestock Show. Local youth year’s long
worth of work is about to pay off. 4-H and FFA participants have not
only been prepping their animals for show, but also getting the
coliseum ready for the livestock show.
There’s a new lawyer in town
Just about everyone in Dalhart has already met Robin Scott, writer
and columnist for the Dalhart Texan. Scott has been writing for the
newspaper since November 2008. Her weekly column, “Ask the Lawyer,”
has gained in popularity. Scott is also frequently the writer for
feature articles on the front page of the Dalhart Texan. She’s not
exactly new to Dalhart anymore, but beginning a new endeavor.
Progress marches on
Progress continues in our local community in many aspects. New
restaurants, new business ventures, and new residential and commercial
construction illustrate that, yes, change is still here. One of the
more noticeable developments in recent months has been the recent
construction occurring near the new high school. The development and
city improvements of the surrounding area of the high school are
finally changing from vacant lots to new homes.
Showtime is here
Shampoo and shearing madness could be a well fitting explanation
for today and tomorrow. As the Bi-County Livestock Show begins on
Wednesday many involved youth are doing the last minute preparations on
their show animals.
I just must “expresso” myself on my husband’s recent remark
about only needing three coffee cups; one clean, one dirty and one
extra. Obviously, this comes from a “non-drinker.” I mean, each
morning I pause at the cupboard before choosing just the right
container from which to enjoy my first cup of “Joe.”
Award winning author in DISD
The Progressive Dairyman magazine recently featured an article by
Dalhart Independent Curriculum Director Carroline Methvin. Methvin has
been a freelance writer for Progress Dairyman for the past two years.
Each year the Progressive Dairyman magazine picks the top 25 most read
articles from the previous year. Methvin’s article ranked number one.
Haiti disaster needs our response
Watching on TV and reading the articles online give us a small
glimpse into the horrific disaster that has fallen on the small
impoverished island country of Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in
the Western Hemisphere. Most of its population survives on less about
$380.00 per year. About 80 percent of Haiti is Roman Catholic, but a
large number of Haitians practice the ancient customs of voodoo.
FFA students receive big boost
Students in the Ag Mechanic Classes at Dalhart High School visited
local veterinarian, Michael Atha, on Wednesday, January 12th. Atha,
the owner of Twist Junction Veterinary Services, joined a program
offered by Pfizer Animal Health that dedicated a portion of sales from
specific Pfizer products for use in the FFA.
Lady Wolves lose to #3 Levelland
Dalhart faced off against the #3 ranked team in the state Friday
night, and the young Dalhart squad held their own the first quarter.
Levelland gradually pulled away to defeat the Lady Wolves, 50 -35.
Dalhart is still looking for their first district win at 0-2 in
Boys open district play with a loss
Foul trouble early in the game spelled defeat for the Dalhart
basketball team as they opened district play against the Levelland
Lobos. Dalhart is now 13-3 and 0-1 in district play as they lost 49-56
in their first home game in district.
Mowers and washers and tools…oh my!
Nearly 120 years ago, Richard Sears hired Alvah C. Roebuck to help
him with his watch company, and in 1893 the two became Sears, Roebuck
and Co. In the 1890’s, the mail order industry for Sears, Roebuck and
Co. flourished, which lead to the introduction of the Sears catalog in
1895. The first catalog, consisting of 532 pages, offered shoes,
women’s garments, wagons, fishing tackle, stoves, furniture, saddles
CLCC’s hard work pays off
It is more than a mere accomplishment when a business can double
its size and expand its clientele in a relatively short five-year
span. It is even more astounding when a business can do that in a
declining market and being in a relatively small community. Despite
fluctuating market prices, and ever increasing expenses Dalhart’s
Cattleman’s Livestock Commission Company has still managed to excel.
Positions on school board up for election
The Dalhart Independent School Board has two places up for election
in the May 8th election. Elected board trustees serve three-year terms
and attend monthly meetings year round, special meetings as needed, and
an annual conference.