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A blizzard is a severe storm condition characterized by low
temperatures, strong winds, and heavy blowing snow. By definition, the
difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the
wind. Ground blizzards are a variation on the traditional blizzard; in
that ground blizzards require high winds to stir up snow that has
already fallen, rather than fresh snowfall. Regardless of the variety
of blizzard, they can bring near-whiteout conditions, which restrict
visibility to near zero.
City gets back to normal
Thursday’s snowstorm shut down Dalhart and surrounding areas for
the second time in a year. Heavy snowfall throughout Dallam and
Hartley Counties led to road closures and businesses soon followed. By
Friday, most people were hunkered down in their homes, schools were
closed, and the task of digging out of deep snowdrifts began.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Justice of the Peace Challenger Alicia Gomez WIlliams
As a long time member of the Dallam County community, Alicia
“Alice” Gomez Williams believes she is ready for the responsibility of
the office of Dallam County Justice of the Peace. Williams currently
works for the office of Hartley County Justice of the Peace and has a
strong desire to bring her experiences into Dallam County.
Meet the candidates
Dallam County Justice of the Peace Incumbent Rita Little
Rita Little announced her candidacy for re-election for Justice of
the Peace for Dallam County. Little took office in January 2003. As a
member of the Dallam County community, Little was employed by the
Dallam County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years prior to taking office.
Stay home, read the paper
As temperatures began to drop late Wednesday evening and snow
flurries began to fill the air in the early morning hours Thursday,
area residents began to ready themselves for the first major storm of
the winter season. Getting ready included extra trips to local stores
to load up on supplies and trying to get work done early Thursday in
order to get home and off of the roadways before the worst part of the
weather settled into the Dallam and Hartley Counties area.
The Music Man arrives in Dalhart
With the recent retirement of Assistant Band Director Allen
Gregory, Dalhart High School was in search of a suitable replacement.
What they found far exceeded everyone’s expectations. The arrival of
Jim Paslay to the band department on January 3rd may be the beginning
of new challenges and accomplishments for all of DISD’s musical groups.
DCA awarded accreditation through the Association of Christian Schools International
Accreditation by a well-recognized agency is a seal of quality on
an educational organization. The Association of Christian Schools
International promotes the value and worthiness of accreditation and
encourages each school and early education program to continuously
pursue excellence. They believe that this pursuit matches the biblical
directive of approving “things that are excellent” (Philippians 1:10,
Each year girls all over America set out to sell boxes and boxes of
Girl Scout cookies. They do so to help earn the money that supports
the activities and projects for the all girl club and at the same time,
they learn about teamwork, setting and meeting goals and a few business
skills such as counting change, delivering their product and making
Junior Livestock Show concludes
The County and Bi-County Junior Livestock Show held last week from
January 20th through the 23rd was filled with steers, heifers, goats,
swine, rabbits and lambs at the Rita Blanca Coliseum. The young
exhibitors showed their best animals and earned quite a reward as well.
Phishing scam targets QuickBooks users
If you use any software made by Intuit – makers of QuickBooks, Quicken, TurboTax – you could be targeted for an email scam.
A business here in Dalhart received what looked like an official
email from Intuit, complete with the company’s logo and mailing address
in Arizona. The email stated that effective January 27, users would
have to get a valid Digital Certificate installed on their computer to
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I remember reading in your column that a child can have
a say about which of his or her parents they live with once they are
12. Did the law change?
Facebook Fan of the Day
More than 1,200 people have become fans of the Dalhart Texan’s
Facebook page, and the number grows daily. The Texan updates its page
frequently, especially when something is occurring within the community
that people want to know about right away.
Gifts fit for fitness
Dalhart’s Jump & Jam team showed their benevolent spirit
recently when they made donations to Dalhart Intermediate School and
Dalhart Elementary School. Both donations were of equipment that will
be used for the fitness programs at both campuses.
Real world learning
During the 2009/10 school year students at Dalhart High School have
taken part in opportunities that ready them to enter the workforce upon
graduation. The courses are designed to get students certified or
trained for entry-level positions upon graduation from high school.
Opportunities in many areas of the workforce are available including
pharmacy, food and nutrition and Ag related endeavors.
"I'm a Dalhart Texan Facebook fan!"
Amber is a fan from Houston. She enjoys following what goes on in
the small town of Dalhart via the Facebook page and by following the
links to the online version of the paper. Amber is a graduate of San
Jacinto College in Houston with an Associate of Arts in Paralegal
Studies. She currently works for an attorney in Spring, Texas, dealing
mainly with family law cases.
City of Dalhart changes utility billing system
The City of Dalhart, Utility Department, is currently in the
process of changing the Utility Billing Software. This conversion
process started several months ago and other accounting software has
already been changed. Converting the Utility Billing will be the last
step in converting to a different computer system.
Waking up to the smell of coffee gives me great satisfaction. Nothing will get me out of bed quicker than knowing the coffee is done. Just pushing a few buttons before going to bed at night assures me the amazing coffee machine will “do its thing” and at precisely 5:30 a.m. the coffee will brew. Guests in my home are welcome to “pick a mug” and enjoy that first cup while sleepy ones arrive in time for the second pot.
Wolves lose another close one
The Wolves could not get their shots to fall. They continued to
miss open shots under the basket all night long, everything Perryton
shot seemed to fall in. The result was a heartbreaking loss as the
Wolves fell to the Perryton Rangers Tuesday night 65-61. The Wolves
defense played great on the perimeter, but continually let Perryton
drive the lane for easy baskets, or they left the back door wide open.
Still, the Wolves continued to hustle and play hard. The real losing
factor was again Dalhart’s inability to make a free throw. The Wolves
made 12 out of 26 shots for a 46 percent free throw shooting average.
Coach Walker said, “This was a hard fought game and a hard one to
lose. The Wolves played extremely hard and played their roles well.”
The Wolves fall to 2-2 in district play with last year’s district
champ, Lubbock Estacado, coming to town Friday.
Lady Wolves rope Rangerettes
The Lady Wolves came to play Tuesday night. The young squad is
starting to mature, as they played one of their best games of the
season against the Perryton girls. The Lady Wolves used great pressure
defense and outstanding play under the basket by Jeanna Sybesmas and
Abbie Steele, to secure a 61-39 victory over Perryton. The win moves
Dalhart to 2-3 in district with an overall record of 11-9. Dalhart was
also very strong on the boards outrebounding Perryton 21-11. Both
teams had 14 turnovers. The Lady Wolves shot 64 percent in the first
quarter, and Abbie Steel ended the quarter when she drained a three
with three seconds left in the quarter to give Dalhart a 17-8 lead.
Jordan Banks started the second quarter with a three to make the lead
20-13. Jeanna Sybesma grabbed a rebound and put it back in to make the
score 22-15, then she did the same thing on the next possession. Abbie
Steele followed with a layup after a great assist from Karley White to
make the score 26-20. Brynn Dunham picked up her third foul, and
Perryton tied the game at 26. Tiffany Schumacher then shot another
three to give Dalhart the lead 29-26 at halftime.
One woman's rodeo life
High School Rodeo has given Laramie Wing, who just finished her
senior year at Dalhart High School early, the opportunity to improve
leadership and teamwork skills, compete in rodeo events, and pursue
college scholarships. Rodeo isn’t work for Laramie so much as a way of