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On the evening of Sunday, May 1, 2011 information was released that terrorist leader and mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden, had been killed.  The President of the United States, Barack Obama, confirmed this news in a press release announcement as people gathered in front of the White House singing patriotic hymns.  According to the President, the U.S. conducted an operation that killed Bin Laden in Pakistan.

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By JILL BEMPONG
Now that the nearly two-inch thick investigative report from the Department of Public Safety has been given to Hartley County District Attorney David Green, it appears that the case of the car crash that killed Brianna Gomez and involved Colorado State Senator Suzanne Williams will finally go before a grand jury to determine if Williams will face any charges.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

In the 1997 movie Titanic, one scene towards the end shows the footage of the dilapidated remains of the Titanic wreckage underwater. At one point, the camera pans to show the grand staircase of the ship, decaying and covered in what I would describe as some sort of algae.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

It is time for voters to decide who will sit on the school board and the city council.  Election Day, May 14, is just around the corner and now is the time to take advantage of early voting.  This year there are three seats up for grabs on the school board.  Eleven people are trying to win a spot on the board for the upcoming term.  There is only one incumbent for the City Council that has any competition this year.

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By JILL BEMPONG

You probably have seen the massive construction that bears witness to the fact that the “Sowing and Growing Building Project” at St. Anthony’s Church is in full swing. Both the school and the church have been completely gutted and parishioners have adjusted to holding church in the gymnasium. Construction is moving along at a pace that appears to be keeping everyone happy and the dedication date is still yet to be determined.

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Sunday Dinner
Arabic Style

By JUDI WIEGMAN

Easter Sunday service was amazing; the fellowship, the music, and Pastor’s message.  I gave a short sermon for the children, showing them a dry resurrection plant that “comes to life” when put in water, revealing incredible green foliage. It began to unfold before their eyes. It was awesome! Also special, was the fact that our neighbors, Kim and Rose, joined us for the service.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Lions Club hosted its annual queen contest on Monday, April 18.  Area juniors were invited to compete to represent the Dalhart Club.  Dalhart’s club was chartered in 1923.  The queen has several duties to perform during her reign.  She is invited to attend the weekly meetings of the Lions Club and give a school report during the meeting.  She is to help the Lions with various fundraising events in the community also.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department has had several busy weeks over the past months.  Crews have been called out to multiple fires.  These fires have burnt thousands of acres of land in the surrounding area, leaving the ground charred black awaiting regrowth to occur.

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Questions reveal candidates’ priorities

By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Closing questions asked at last Thursday’s school board candidates’ forum gave the public insight into the candidates’ priorities on various issues.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Since 1994, Dalhart and Dallam County residents have been able to utilize the variety of services offered by the Dalhart Senior Center. Whether enjoying the fellowship of friends each weekday for lunch, or  spending time laughing and quilting , exercising or participating in a meeting being held in one of the building’s rooms – hundreds of residents have benefitted from this community center.  And DSC Board member Kristine Olsen hopes that the center will be able to continue serving the public.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Candidates and voters got a chance to discuss the issues facing the Dalhart Independent School District at a forum sponsored by KXIT Radio and the Dalhart Texan. The forum was held at the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center on Thursday, April 21. Friday’s issue of the Texan contained candidate answers to an introductory question asked of all the candidates, and a question directed to the incumbents about taxpayer approval of major item expenditures and the new football stadium. This story will focus on the candidates’ immediate priorities and their visions for the DISD.

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Municipalities could shoulder cost of indigent defense

By JILL BEMPONG

Senate Bill 726, sponsored by Senator Jose Rodriguez, (D-El Paso), seeks to minimize the financial gap created, in part, by the recession in the funds available for economically disadvantaged Texans to afford legal services. S.B. 726 would add $10 to municipal traffic fines in order to help fund indigent civil legal aid and indigent criminal defense. Individuals that receive tickets for parking and pedestrian infractions will be exempt. Senator Rodriguez estimates that the bill will generate $77 million for 2012-2013.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan
Last night’s School Board Candidate Forum was a learning experience for the 11 candidates, the approximately 50 members from the public in attendance, and the countless number of citizens listening on the radio. One lesson the public will take away from the forum: it is going to be a difficult choice to fill the three available seats from such a large field of bright, dedicated candidates. By listening to the questions posed from those in attendance, the candidates learned that citizens are concerned about fiscal responsibility, teacher retention, and student performance improvement.

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By JANELLE GOODELL
Area fire departments responded to a fire at the Pritchard Ranch.  According to Dalhart Fire Chief Curtis Brown, the fire started due to a downed power line.  It burnt from the headquarters to FM 1879.  Although no structures were damaged due to the blaze, it burnt 11,009 acres of farm and range land.  At the widest place, the damage is estimated to be 14 miles across.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

There’s a song by the Christian recording group Selah that never fails to hit me right between the eyes when it comes time for it to play in my car CD player. The title is Unredeemed, and it summarizes all the trials and hurts of this life we live and how they will not go “unredeemed.”

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The Stone that Rolled Away

By JUDI WIEGMAN
We wanted something wonderful to bring in families from the neighborhood to celebrate Easter, get acquainted and perhaps make our church their church.
We met as a Sunday school board and settled on a wonderful afternoon of events for Palm Sunday. We set the wheels in action to make the event successful; flyers were handed out, posters went up and we invited friends and neighbors to come.

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By DEAN CRUZ

Every college basketball fan was waiting to see what excitement the championship game would bring to end the 2010-2011 season. Much to everyone’s surprise, Duke or Kansas did not make the championship game. It was the Huskies of the University of Connecticut who would reign as the champions on the evening of Monday, April 4, 2011. The Huskies defeated Butler Bulldogs, 53-41, to become reigning champions.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Imagine that you are a young man, happily married with young twin girls. Some folks talk about the “itch” that occurs in the seventh year of a marriage, but there is nothing to scratch in your world. You are content. Life is good. And then the unimaginable happens. Your wife becomes ill and you wake up one morning, a single father of two four-year-old girls. Your life is forever altered, but yours is no hard luck, cry me a river story. The story of Rusty Hammett and his twin daughters, Sarah and Sadye, is a story of commitment: a father’s commitment to raise his children as best he can; a community’s commitment to help one of its own. And, the commitment of two families determined to honor the memory of their beloved by helping Rusty raise his girls.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

With the construction of the new high school football stadium well underway, plans are being made to construct a new Veterans Memorial statue at the entrance of the new stadium. Just like Veterans Memorial Park, the Dallam-Hartley County Veterans Memorial Committee is spearheading this cause as a grassroots project funded by donations from the community.

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Scandia Wind Southwest, LLC has recently made moves that put it closer to bringing its Mariah Project, a large scale wind development project, to fruition.  Scandia signed a term sheet agreement with Tres Amigas, LLC to provide transmission services to Scandia to become an anchor customer in the first phase of the Tres Amigas superstation. As an anchor customer, Scandia will utilize 50 percent of the initial capacity of Tres Amigas in order to enable Scandia to move 375 MW (megawatts) of electric renewable wind power to the west.