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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Independent School District board members met on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. On the agenda was the need to accept the school improvement plan for both the high school and the junior high school following the unacceptable ratings from the previous school year’s TAKS test.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

At 817 Denrock sits a welcoming and beautiful home known for its open doors and loving atmosphere created by the families that have lived there over the last one hundred years. One of its first owners was Dr. G.W. Dawson and his family – legendary in these parts as pioneers of Dalhart.

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By AARON GRAVES

Dalhart took a 10 degree plunge in temperatures as winter fired its first warning shot across our bow this past week. After we enjoyed a pleasant fall weekend, a bank of clouds quietly rolled through town Monday afternoon. Then the wind shifted to the north and began to blow. Dalhart recorded a peak wind gust of 48 mph at the airport, and blowing dust turned the sky brown at one point.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Corp. Samantha Thrash, home on leave from Iraq visited with The Texan on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Thrash’s favorite holiday is Halloween. She scheduled her leave to be home with her parents, Cindy and Brain Stone to celebrate the holiday adorned with candy, cookies caramel apples and cupcakes.

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Junk Happens

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

The Old Testament is laced with stories of characters whose lives earn the title, “dysfunctional.” Their staggering accounts of everyday life have become the subject of countless books on bookstore shelves. Old Testament reading, to some, is dull and unrewarding.  Not to me! My mind wanders and I get caught up in their almost unbelievable predicaments.  
If ever there was a story that fits the format for the TV series “I shouldn’t be alive;” Joseph’s does!  Go to the 37th chapter of Genesis and take a look at his “mission impossible!”  It is a series of up and downs that will stir your heart as you read.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The integrity of The Hartley County Justice of the Peace office is to see that justice is done. The Justice of the Peace Edwyna Womble took an oath, was sworn into office and took a vow to uphold justice and fairness for the citizens of Hartley County. In this oath, it doesn’t say that a Justice of the Peace is not human and does not have feelings.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As you know, crime is on the increase in larger U.S. cities. Due to the economic circumstances, it is now also becoming more prevalent in small communities.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The tradition of Halloween has been amusing to some and disregarded as evil by others throughout the years. As a child, it’s simply a time to collect all of the free candy you can, Halloween is the unofficial candy bridge between the XIT parade and Christmas stockings.

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Bobby Ritter received his prize money as the winner of the seventh week’s football contest. He picked nine out of ten correct with the tie breaker of 59.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

“When the great pumpkin is arriving is a secret,” state Jason Lusk as he stood surrounded by thousands of big, round, orange pumpkins at the Dalhart airport. Jason and Josh Lusk along with their father, Terry and Uncle, Dan Lusk wanted to grow pumpkins in Dalhart this season as an experiment.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

The Dalhart City Council, by a 3-1 vote, approved Ordinance 2011-16. The  change in zoning on Lots 9-16 of Block 4 and Lots 1-8 in the Country Meadows addition to the City of Dalhart from R-3 Residential to Apartment. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the zoning change to the council despite concerns Jefferson Street, the main thoroughfare servicing this area, is unpaved.

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By NONA GOODMAN

Stand aside all popcorn crunchers, candy eaters, goblins, witches, Oktoberfest revelers, etc. etc. etc. There is another group also clamoring for a piece of October: The National Philatelic Society, in conjunction with the USPS (as of 1981), claims dibs on October as National Stamp Collecting Month. This is a fact that all of us need to know. (Philately is the fancy name for stamp collecting, but please don’t let it creep you out.)

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

When researching National Fires Safety Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month other noted bizarre and fun filled holidays popped up. Several holidays and national celebrations have been published in previous editions of The Texan this month, for instance National Popcorn Poppin’ month and Sweetest Day.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Dallam County Judge David Field and Commissioner Don Bowers were both re-appointed to the county appraisal board at a regular Commissioners’ Court on Tuesday. Additional agenda items included review of financial reports and reports and requests from personnel, approval of the District Attorney Assets Forfeiture report, approval of a Goods-in-Transit tax resolution, and approval of bi-county bills.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As a follow-up to articles published in The Dalhart Texan on Monday, October 10, 2011 and Wednesday, October 12, 2011, J.P. Womble has provided the Texan with a copy of the letter mailed to Senator Williams’ attorney.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

During World War II, the population of Dalhart swelled to nearly 20,000 people due to the construction of a military air base where the Dalhart Airport is now located. In 1942, the military began construction on the base, but the servicemen were already arriving and needed housing immediately. Consequently, many Dalhart families turned their homes into boarding houses for these servicemen, and the house at 822 Denrock became one such home during that time. But this home was more than just a boarding house during the war….over the years it was simply known as Grandmother Vera’s house to her four granddaughters: Russchelle Hanbury, Desiree Priestly, Shannan Lloyd, and Shay Lee Gallo.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Some people might fall under the assumption Sweetest Day is just another made up holiday to generate retail sales, and that’s fine. Let those skeptics and nonbelievers be miserable while the rest of the world looks for any reason to celebrate in the spirit of life and love!

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As the Fearless Foursome race heats up, The Texan would like to poke fun at the participants. The Texan staff pulled an April Fool’s stunt a few months early and listed the defending champ, Rodney “Hot Rod” White and the closely trailing Tommy “Silver Fox” Sherrill as being tied for the lead.

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The Sadako Saga
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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN
Last week, I shared with you the story of a lady, new to our church, named Sadako.  I want to continue this week:

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

“It’s not over till it’s over and I have not accepted the plea agreement,” stated Edwyna Womble, Hartley County Justice of the Peace. The plea agreement mailed to Shane Turner; Hartley County Attorney has not been accepted by J.P. Womble.  Joe Marr Wilson attorney for Senator Suzanne Williams mailed the letter and a check from his law firm’s account for three hundred and eighty six dollars.