Employees earn Panhandle recognition
DALHART, TX. December 14, 2009. Crediting the hard work of their employees, Hilmar Cheese Company received the Panhandle Workforce Development Board’s 2009 Employer of Excellence Award.
Hein retires from Bank of America
After more than 12 years with Bank of America, Terri Hein, long time resident of Dalhart, has announced her upcoming retirement. Hein currently serves as Banking Center Manager of the Bank of America branch in Dalhart and, through her leadership, has helped the bank and its dedicated staff to receive numerous awards over the past several years. The Dalhart branch continues to be one of the “Top ranked branches in the region for highest quality of customer service,” a competitive distinction that Hein and her staff are proud to hold.
Stellar jumpers on busy schedule
More than one hundred students from Dalhart Elementary and Intermediate Schools, Dalhart Christian Academy, St. Anthony’s School and home schools tried out for a spot on the 2009/10 Dalhart Jump & Jam team, an elite demonstration jump rope team comprised of 29 members. Jumpers who made the team had to master 16 jump roping skills, all of which were taught during their regular P.E. classes. During the season, the team will have practiced an estimated 300 hours.
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Question: I have two boys, ages 12 and 8. They are always getting into trouble, and when I try to explain the law to them, they actually tell me that they can’t go to jail if they get into trouble and that there’s nothing I can do to force them to attend school or stay at home at night. My older boy has even taken my car out while I’ve been asleep. I really don’t know how to argue with them. Can my children go to jail for missing school or running away or doing other things that they shouldn’t do?
Recapturing the cowboy way
Dale Rollins, an old time cowboy from Wisconsin, never thought he would ride a horse again, after a brain tumor and several strokes left him impaired. But that all changed in June 2009 when Dale heard of Open Arms Therapy (OAT) and decided he’d like to give it a try. OAT is a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding for the disabled.
Local farm receives habitat award
The annual banquet and fundraiser for Quail Unlimited was held on Friday evening, December 4th at Rita Blanca Coliseum. The organization known for its habitat conservation efforts also presented an award to an area ranch for the work it has done to protect the habitat for quail.
A Texas winter
Hunting season is here, or fast approaching, for many species of birds and fur-bearing animals. Cold weather and snow are often the first signals that it’s time to pack up the portable stove, move the deer stand to the hunting lease or set up the blind. Another undeniable sign is the large flocks of geese dotting the skies in arrow formations. The bellowing squawks of the geese are a welcomed event every year for hunters and non-hunters alike.
Man convicted of stabbing Cactus woman
A Moore County jury took less than an hour to convict a habitual criminal of assaulting a woman from Cactus last November. The ending to the bizarre circumstances surrounding the felon’s arrest may bring some relief for the victim.
The Christmas Holiday is an unusual time of year because it brings with it many stresses that, on their own, are difficult to handle, but combined could spell disaster. Managing the stresses that come with the holidays may be as easy as writing out a schedule or even saying “no.” Each family’s needs are different, so the various suggestions to follow may work for some, all or none. But one thing is for certain; everyone will be affected to some degree by the stresses that the holidays bring, so attempts to manage them should be worth their effort.
Christmas Is — A National Holiday
We just returned from a few days in the Dallas area and coming through Amarillo we heard it; clerks saying, “Happy Holidays,” or faintly whispering, “Merry Christmas,” when you say it first!
A passion for educating youth
The School Sisters of St. Francis, “Panhandle Franciscans,” hope to change the world, one soul at a time. They seek to nurture the dignity of others through Catholic schools, faith formation programs, youth groups, and in caring for nursing home residents and retired priests. The tradition has its beginnings 50 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, when sisters began teaching young people.
Tour of homes nearing
Tour of homes is nearing!
Evidence left behind led to conviction of arsonists
Three men arrested and charged with the arson of a Dalhart Police vehicle pled guilty, according to Dallam County District Attorney David Green. The plea agreements reached in each of the men’s criminal cases included restitution to the city of Dalhart for the damage to the squad car.
“An Evening in December”
This year’s Christmas performance at the La Rita Theatre is scheduled for Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th. Both shows begin at 8:00 p.m. Guests also have an opportunity to enjoy a turkey and dressing holiday feast prior to the Saturday evening performance. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening at the Loose Caboose Restaurant located next door to the La Rita Theatre. Tickets for both shows may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce in advance, or at the door. Tickets for the dinner should be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce prior to Saturday.
H1N1 Vaccine available in Dalhart
Hearing about the swine flu has become somewhat commonplace; however, the threat is still quite high and people in “high risk” categories are encouraged to take whatever steps necessary and available to avoid contracting the potentially deadly virus, including getting vaccinated.
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Question: My wife and I have been married for three years and I just found out that she has been having an affair with someone she works with. When I confronted her, she left to be with this guy from her work. I feel like this guy has really taken advantage of my wife and has been working on her, talking bad about me and making her feel like I’m the problem. My wife is young and impressionable, and I believe in my heart that he persuaded her to get involved with him, but that if he had just been the gentleman that she thought he was that our marriage would still be okay. What I want to know is can I sue the boyfriend for screwing up my marriage?
Dalhart wins Jr. High UIL Academic Contest
As the sun was setting across the Panhandle, the victory cry for 107 Jr. High academic challengers was, “We Won!” One hundred and seven Jr. High students traveled anxiously to Frank Phillips College in Borger to represent Dalhart in the District 1-AAA UIL Jr. High Academic Contest on Friday, November 6, 2009. Participants got off their buses with teeth gritted for they knew they were about to face approximately 300 junior high students from Borger and Perryton to defend their academic title. Many hours were devoted to practice and competition by both students and teachers to ensure Dalhart was valiantly represented. Congratulations to all!
Santa’s not the only one delivering packages
The U. S. Postal Service rivals Santa Clause for on time holiday delivery of Christmas presents and gifts. USPS expects to deliver 16.6 billions cards, letters and packages all over the United States and abroad in a mere 30-day period. 97 million customers will visit the post office before Christmas to get their holiday fare in the mail.
Eta Upsilon Tour of Homes nearing
Celebrating Christmas is one of the most joyous times of year for many people, including myself. Glistening trees, twinkling lights, and the aroma of warm cinnamon all awaken my soul to the fact that Christmas must be nearing. The lighting of the cities’ Christmas lights around town reaffirmed that, yes, it truly is almost Christmas time. Every year even our little panhandle town somehow undergoes a magic transformation into something much similar to where you would find Santa living. From beautifully decorated homes to festive events, Dalhart is revving up for Christmas.
Santa turns on thousands of lights
Santa Claus rolled up to Memorial Park in a cherry red Mustang on Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:30 p.m. and magically turned on the Christmas lights and decorations display in the park. Ready to greet Santa was a large group of anxious youngsters who endured freezing temperatures and 35-mile-an-hour wind gusts in order to see the red clad, jolly, old man.