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Whether it is a weekend trip or a month long excursion, the Dalhart Police Department wants to help make your vacation an enjoyable one. One of the first steps is making sure that your home is in order while you are away. Many times, vacationers can really get in a rush and leave their homes wide open to a burglar. Often times, homeowners will leave so fast that they even forget to close and lock the doors.

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Kids, Santa and his helpers need your help this holiday season! They have some questions, and have asked The Texan to gather your good ideas.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The holiday is here, and whether you’re ready or not, the traditions of family, friends, football and food are upon us. The love-hate relationships with green bean casserole, the price of gas, travelers taking to the highways, and the move for retailers to open Thanksgiving afternoon: it’s all here. And then comes Christmas on the heels of a big fat turkey.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Wildlife biologist Joachim Treptow recently moved to the Dalhart area and is working for Texas Parks and Wildlife. He held a clean-up with area children at Rita Blanca Lake on Saturday, November 19. Treptow explained to the children the importance of keeping the environment clean and safe for wildlife in the area, as well as for people who visit the lake.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

If you want it to rain, just wash your car or hang your sheets on the clothes line right? No! Repaint the mail box placed to collect those letters bound for the North Pole! Just as the Texan staff finished painting Ol’ Saint Nic’s courier box it started to drizzle. Eeveryone in the area is so grateful for even the slightest moisture, not thinking it will last long; but then, lo and behold, that drizzle turned into a slight down pour and then pea size hail!

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Let the party begin!

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Tis the beginning of the most waited for season in the year; Thanksgiving ushers it in and the party will ensue until New Year’s Day dawns!  It is a time for family and friends to gather and share the wonderful, holiday season!

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By RODNEY WHITE

The Wolves capped a frustrating season with a large number of representatives on this year’s all-district team.  As with every year there are a few people that you would like to see on the list that didn’t make it, but overall Dalhart was well represented.  The Wolves accomplished a first for Dalhart by making the playoffs for the sixth year in a row and finished the season with a 7-4 record on their way to the number one seed in the small school bracket.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Hawaiian themed annual stock holder’s meeting packed a punch with the message delivered by the keynote speaker, Tommy Engelke.
The COOP is rated in the top three for the state. Engleke elaborated on the impact Dallam County and Hartley County have had on the state of Texas in the agriculture industry.

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By LEANN PACHECO

So your youngsters have (almost) made it through the year in one piece. Now, as we near the festive holiday season and winter months, is not the time to get lazy with safety.
This is such an exciting time for kids, and while it’s true that many safety concerns are the same regardless of the season, parents should be especially watchful for increased injury risks during the holidays.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some advice for families trying to maintain health and wellness throughout the holiday season and beyond.
Trees: When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “fire resistant.” If you purchase a live tree, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Dry trees become a fire hazard. Never dispose of live garland, wreaths or trees by burning as they can ignite and flare very quickly.
Lights: Check all tree lights before hanging them on your tree. Make sure that all the bulbs work and that there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections. Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

What started out as fun landed Juan Guilfu and Christopher Peckham in jail on numerous charges. The ‘graffiti bandits’ may have been trying to send a message, but instead found themselves facing charges and owing restitution for damaging private property.  The message was loud and clear, but the reasoning behind the statement is yet to be known.

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Award-winning western history writer, Bill Neal, will speak and sign books at a benefit for the XIT Museum  at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Rodney White wins again! The Fearless Foursome, “Hot Rod” Rodney White, Tommy “Silver Fox” Sherrill, “Wild” Bill Crawford and Delbert “Double D” Dodds made the 2011 football contest exciting and very close some weeks. Hot Rod, Wild Bill and Double D emailed their entries each week but The Texan staff always looked forward to Silver Fox hand delivering his entry every Monday morning.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Independent School District held their regular monthly board meeting Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Agenda items discussed during the meeting have the DISD in a planning, policy-adopting, and goal-setting mode.

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Put the Merry back in Christmas!

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

There are so many things I love about Christmas.  But I feel sad for those who display the “bah-humbug” attitude and loose out on the joy of the season.  Perhaps, they have good reason. It starts with the décor being changed way too early by the “money grabbing retailers.”  By the time Christmas is near many clerks are grumpy and badly in need of an attitude adjustment.

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By RODNEY WHITE

The 2011 All-district volleyball awards were released, and the Lady Wolves had several participants on the team.  The Defensive player of the year award went to Jeana Sybesma the middle blocker and a senior.  The newcomer of the year award went to Britt Wilson a sophomore setter for the Lady Wolves.
Other players to make the team were as follows:
First team, Brynn Dunham, who was the Libero for the Lady Wolves as well as a senior and Jenna Harrison, who played middle blocker and outside hitter for the Lady Wolves, another senior on the team.  On the second team was Madison “Maddie” Sherrill, a freshman.  Receiving Honorable Mention were Courtney Dovel, a Junior defensive specialist, Hannah Finkenbinder, a junior outside hitter, and outside hitter Robynn Elan-Puttick, a Sophomore.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Dallam County Commissioners Glenn Reagan, Corey Crabtree, Don Bowers and Floyd French met at the courthouse Monday morning with Judge David Field for a regularly scheduled Commissioners’ Court.
Agenda items included: consideration of budget amendments recommended by auditors; casting of ballots for appraisal board members; approval of public defender contract; adoption of 2012 holiday calendar; indigent defense grant resolution; and canvassing on November 8 election results.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Rosalyn Carter said it best: “There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers”.
As our population ages, a growing number of American adults will serve as caregivers for loved ones who are disabled, frail, or suffering from a chronic condition.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

The Veterans’ Day Parade and Celebration began cool and crisp Friday morning as convertibles, trucks, and trailers full of veterans, community business leaders, and spirited children made their way down Main Street. The people of Dalhart came out waving flags and shouting words of praise and thanks to those who have served our country. The XIT Rangers sponsor and organize the Veteran’s Day Parade and Celebration each year.

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By RODNEY WHITE

It doesn’t happen often, but the injury depleted Wolves were dominated at the line by the much bigger Shallowater Mustangs Friday night, ending their season with a bi-district loss 40-7.  If all the previous injuries were not devastating enough, leading rusher Davonte Burks tweaked his ankle in the first quarter and was not 100% either. Davonte finished the night with 21 carries for 73 yards and he had 1457 yards rushing this season.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Though old-school taboos like wearing white before Easter and after Labor Day or mixing gold with silver jewelry, wearing black to a wedding or not letting the groom see the bride in her wedding gown are now commonly accepted, one tradition that seems to have stuck around is in most cases the boy still asks the girl to prom or the young man still drops to one knee to propose to the lady he wishes to marry.