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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Independent School District settled an insurance claim with the district’s insurance carrier in December on damage to the Intermediate School from a storm in July of 2009. An agreement was reached in time to make significant progress during the Christmas and New Year holiday. The project had been worked on during the first semester, but working around students, staff and faculty members made completion a much slower process.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

According to folklorists, there is no written evidence for a “Friday the 13th” superstition prior to the 19th century. Records of the superstition are rarely found before the 20th century, when it became extremely common. Why is Friday the 13th unlucky?  Who said it was unlucky -- it’s all about the attitude. A positive attitude can create a good or lucky day. If one believes doom and gloom and spits out negative comments their Friday the 13th may not be so lucky. It can be what you make it. “See a penny pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck,” just to be on the safe side.

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By RODNEY WHITE

Dalhart started district play against the Perryton Rangerettes on Tuesday night and played one of their best games of the season, but foul trouble at the post position really hindered the Lady Wolves and they lost their first meeting 48-62. The good news is that Dalhart will face Perryton twice more this year with a chance to win two out of three games. The Dalhart defense was stifling, and pressure from Karley White and Courtney White was outstanding on Perryton’s leading scorer Sydney Walton, keeping her in check for three quarters. The Lady Wolves took the early lead; Courtney White had a great outlet pass to Jennifer Quint, who raced down court but was fouled on her shot attempt. Jennifer made both free throws for the Lady Wolves.

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Birds of a Feather

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

My backyard is a haven for many kinds of amazing birds.  Providing a large bird feeder and a huge birdbath insures they will come daily for a visit.  Among the varieties, I have noticed cardinals, robins, finches, blue-jays and many others.  For several weeks now there has been one incredible bird, high up in a tree that sings a heavenly song every morning.  It is usually singing, loudly, while the others enjoy eating so I haven’t seen it in order to identify its species.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Dallam County Commissioners met Monday for a regular meeting at the Dallam County Courthouse. Current bills, minutes from the December meeting, and financial reports were approved early on. Michael Peters with the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC) then presented an overview of the county’s 9-1-1 Interlocal Agreement with the PRPC. Local government has previously appointed the commission as administrator of its 9-1-1 program.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As the 2012 Bi-County Junior Livestock Show approaches area youth are in high gear grooming, training and working with potential blue ribbon winners. Hundred’s of animals will be shown by exhibitors who have placed endless time into what they perceive has the perfect species of the breed they will register to show next week.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Local farmers and ranchers consigned more than one hundred items, varying from tractors and trucks to farm implements, to be auctioned on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. United Country/Alliance Auctioneers of Amarillo held the auction to help make way for newer equipment farmers will be purchasing this spring. The innovative style the internet has brought to the field made these items more valuable.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

On Thursday, January 5, 2012, Hartley County Sheriff Franky Scott was the first to arrive at the scene of an accident south of Channing. “I saw the tanker’s trailer tail lights going up and down in the ditch and I thought ‘Uh-Oh,’” he stated.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Dalhart will have some big losers in the New Year, but who will be the biggest?
The 2012 New Year’s Biggest Loser Challenge is underway, and 100 local participants have made a commitment to drop weight and live a healthier life.
Contest coordinator Amy Gonzales, who is soon to obtain her Certified Personal Trainer designation, was inspired by her own weight loss challenge success with family and friends and decided to organize the concept on a larger scale.

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By RODNEY WHITE

The Lady Wolves celebrated the start of the New Year with a victory over Stratford in their final tune-up before district play begins.  Jeana Sybesma the leading scorer for Dalhart got things started with a layup to give Dalhart the early lead 2-0, which Dalhart would never relinquish as they led the whole game.

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By RODNEY WHITE

The Wolves travelled to Stratford and played good in streaks, but they also played bad in streaks.  Channing Allen gave Dalhart the lead 2-0, then Davonte added a free throw to make the score 3-2.  A good spin move and a jumper by Harris, made the score 5-4.  Channing sank a basket from 12 feet out to put the Wolves on top 7-6, and then Zach Richardson made a layup followed by a hook shot from James Harris.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

In every community, in every state, hospital staff and news media anxiously await the arrival of their first baby of the New Year. Well, 2012 has Dalhart stumped. As of Friday, January 6, 2012 we had no New Year’s baby, not yet!  Texan staff members spoke with Coon Memorial Hospital Wednesday, January 4, 2012.  “I just checked this morning, no baby yet,” stated Glenda Cunningham, Marketing Director at Coon Memorial Hospital.
In a conversation in our office on Friday, January 6, 2012, Susan Clay, Publisher of the Dalhart Texan, explained, “It’s not unusual to go for a short time without a New Year’s baby.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Got a great shot of your baby or toddler showing off her dimples or his curls? How about standing up for the first time or eating his first bite of birthday cake? Prove it!  If you have the perfect shot of your kid doing something adorable, we want to see it!

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By LEANN PACHECO

The old Mission Theatre in Dalhart closed its doors for the last time in March of 2011.  The historic movie house was a hub of downtown activity for over one hundred years, serving as a gathering place and as a source of entertainment and news.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dallam and Hartley Counties are pleased to announce the 2012 Livestock Show will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2011 at Rita Blanca Coliseum in Dalhart. Youth from Dallam and Hartley Counties will participate in the show and exhibit sheep, goats, rabbits, and cattle.  Many of the youth participants also participate in other livestock shows. Danea Parman will be participating this year as a high school senior. Parman was asked, “Do you have any advice for first year participants?” She answered, “Just have fun. This show is pretty laid back.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Weird trend: warm winter days are apparently making people in the South very happy to shell out big money to have their yards covered in fake snow. One company says it has “booked” more than 230 tons of the stuff for the month of December, with orders still coming in for January. This is up from 140 tons last winter. “It’s just absolutely exploded this year,” says the president of Ice Man. “We don’t know why.”

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Dreams, Directions and Detours

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

All that preparation; the gift and guest lists, decorating, shopping, traveling, fun, food and fellowship; history!  The tree has found its way to the recycle lot and leftovers are finding their way into cleverly disguised dishes so no one will say, “Ham again? Yuck!”  Yup, it’s over; Christmas 2011 is relegated to the memory bank. And I wonder; how many times during all the partying—how many times did we stop to reflect on His Birthday and the events so perfectly planned out by God?

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The State of Texas has been very proactive in continuing to provide support to military veterans and their families. A full homestead property tax exemption that was put into place in 2009 to assist totally disabled military veterans will be extended to their surviving spouses after January 1, 2012.

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Dalhart Texas, December 27, 2011 –Dallam County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Acting CED Katherine Cain, announced that county committee elections are over, the ballots are counted and the results are in…

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USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Salvador Salinas announced Jan. 13, 2012 as the first ranking cut-off period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
“CSP gives conservation minded producers the ability to apply and build on their current stewardship efforts,” said Salinas.  “Farmers and ranchers actively engaged in natural resource conservation practices have the opportunity to earn financial rewards through CSP.”