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By JANELLE GOODELL

Sears and Craftsman have joined together to bring professional appraisers to 31 out of the nearly 900 Sears Hometown Stores across the country.  Dalhart was chosen to be one of the lucky few stores selected.  To be selected for this privilege, Mike and Marcy Willis, owners of the Dalhart Sears Hometown Store, wrote an essay on why their store should be chosen.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

All of the students in Dalhart are finally out of class for the summer.  The flex days portion of the school year drew to an end on Friday, June 3.  Students who scored high enough on their TAKS tests were able to begin their summer vacation two weeks early due to the flex days schedule that has been in effect for two years now.  School officials have scheduled flex days again for the next school year.  Those extra two weeks out of school is offered as an incentive to students to try their hardest on the yearly tests that are required by the State of Texas.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Dalhart has won its way onto the worldwide convenience store map.  Frontier Fuel Co. Express Lane and Juan Burrito’s Mexican Grille is one of 14 stores that are being recognized by Convenience Store News magazine.  It won the Best Interior Design category in Convenience Store News’ 2011 Store Design Awards.  Additional stores that received recognition were in Houston, Dubai and Alberta, Canada.  All of the winners will be featured in either the September or October issues of Convenience Store News.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

With a diploma in hand and a future in pictures before her, Kelsey Peeples is presenting her collection of photography at the XIT Museum starting on June 9 with a public reception from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lasting throughout the entire month of June, she plans to display a variety of types of pictures at the museum. “I have different portraits of people and also some beautiful sunsets and skyviews. I also included some of my pictures of England from a trip we took - they’re really cool."

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Golden Wolves Band filled the night air with music during their spring concert.  The young musicians have spent countless hours of rehearsal as a group, and individually, practicing to put on a performance to remember.  The band is under the direction of Rick Ball.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Homeland Security made a drug seizure at the Dalhart airport Wednesday evening.  The 1980’s model single engine Piper plane landed at approximately 8:00 p.m.   The plane was being followed by Homeland Security.  Once on the ground, the occupants refused to consent to a search of the craft by law enforcement officials.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

For just $60,000, you can “pay” a visit to the wreckage of the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean. The price includes a seat on a deep-sea submersible that takes you to the wreck, as well as lectures, meals, and accommodations at the port of departure and also on the ship that will take you to the site. Once there, provided the weather conditions are good, each battery-operated submersible with one pilot can take two people down 12,465 feet to the shipwreck for an eleven to twelve hour trip.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department, in conjunction with 19 other fire departments and a team from the U.S. Forest Service, battled a large grass fire that began on Tuesday, May 24 around 4:00 p.m.  The Dalhart Fire Department, Texline Fire Department and U.S.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The swimming pool has been cleaned thoroughly in anticipation of the crowds that were on hand Saturday when it opened for the first time this season.  Warm temperatures helped to entice additional swimmers out to take a dip.  The first swimmers of the season dived into the pool beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The pool remained open until 5:00 p.m.

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“As Newborn babies…”

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Interesting phrases such as clean slate, back to square one, and a blank canvas, indicate the freshness of new beginnings.  This is where I found myself with the young tween girls recently entrusted into my care on Wednesday night at church.  I ended Jotting Judi last week with them wondering what the word “amen” meant and why did I pray in “Jesus name.”  On my way home I reflected on a song from Sound of Music when Maria discovered the children couldn’t sing.  Her instruction led them to start with “do-re-me!”

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Suzlon Wind Energy Corp., the North American subsidiary of Suzlon Energy Limited (SEL) recently announced at WINDPOWER that it will break ground on new S95 and S97 model wind turbines at a site near Channing, on June 7. The turbine components will be delivered in early August with construction beginning immediately and project commissioning in September when grid connectivity is expected.

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By JANELLE GOODELL
Horse owners are urged to take precaution when taking their horses to large gatherings this year.  The need for precaution stems from recent outbreaks of the rhino equine herpesvirus, also known as Rhino EHV-1.  This virus is a mutant strain of the rhino virus that horses normally are vaccinated for.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Dalhart residents braved strong winds and high temperatures to observe Memorial Day.  This was one of the windiest Memorial Days in recent history.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

It is hard to believe that it is almost summer time.  Summer is typically thought of being kicked off during Memorial Day weekend.  This, however, was not the original purpose behind the holiday weekend.  Memorial Day was created to remember the servicemen and women that had died protecting the values that Americans hold dear to their hearts.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Dalhart City Secretary Frances Childers administered the oath of office to three incumbents and one newcomer at the Dalhart City Council meeting on May 24. Joe Garcia, who beat out incumbent Fidel Olivarez by about 40 votes, took his seat on the council, as did incumbents Phillip Hass, Lola Barrow, and Mayor Kevin Caddell. Danny Smallwood also won reelection to the city council, but was not at the meeting. He will be sworn in at the next council meeting. The incumbents who were reelected ran unopposed.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Dalhart residents and motorists traveling through Dalhart on Tuesday, May 24 couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw the price of gas at the new Express Lane at the intersection of Highways 54 and 87.  As a special promotion in conjunction with the grand opening of Express Lane #14 and Juan Burrito’s Mexican Grille, gas was offered at a discounted rate. To stay in the game and be able to draw customers in to their establishment, Allsup’s Convenience Store also discounted their gas prices.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

The American soda fountain gained popularity at the turn of the 20th century with the marriage of the drugstore and soda fountain. Lasting until the 70’s, the soda fountain was a place to grab a 5 or 10 cent carbonated beverage and socialize with the town. With Prohibition in the 20’s, soda fountains gained momentum since they served to replace the social void left by the closing of bars. Wanser Drug, which later became Squire’s Drug, was one of several soda fountains found on Main Street in Dalhart. Located on the corner of Third and Main, it is now home to the Loose Caboose restaurant, which specializes in good, old-fashioned home-cooking.

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“Peeps” breaking out!

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

As the lightening cracked and thunder rolled, I wondered if the six “peeps,” aka tweens, would make it to church. This would be my first class held especially for them an hour before adult prayer meeting.  A call to Pastor assured me they would be there and, there would be “drama."

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By JILL BEMPONG

Less than one week after a grand jury found that no criminal charges would be filed against Colorado Senator Suzanne Williams for the 2010 car accident that resulted in the death of Brianna Gomez, the DPS announced that Williams has been cited for three misdemeanor traffic violations. The grand jury proceedings were unusual in that Hartley County District  Attorney David Green did not call any Texas Department of Public Safety officials to testify before the grand jury.

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By JILL BEMPONG
It was Monday afternoon, approximately 1:10 p.m., when a homeowner in the 1300 block of Elm St. did what most people do at some point in the day: she went to check the mail.  However, unlike most homeowners, she found a suspicious looking device where her mail should have been.  She told her husband, and he contacted Hartley County Chief Deputy Tim Bell.  Bell told the couple to leave the device alone and then contacted the Dalhart police.  Law enforcement from the city and county, as well as fire and EMS personnel, were dispatched to the scene.  Additionally, the Amarillo Bomb Squad (ABS) was in for their expertise.