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Sunday Dinner
Arabic Style

By JUDI WIEGMAN

Easter Sunday service was amazing; the fellowship, the music, and Pastor’s message.  I gave a short sermon for the children, showing them a dry resurrection plant that “comes to life” when put in water, revealing incredible green foliage. It began to unfold before their eyes. It was awesome! Also special, was the fact that our neighbors, Kim and Rose, joined us for the service.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Lions Club hosted its annual queen contest on Monday, April 18.  Area juniors were invited to compete to represent the Dalhart Club.  Dalhart’s club was chartered in 1923.  The queen has several duties to perform during her reign.  She is invited to attend the weekly meetings of the Lions Club and give a school report during the meeting.  She is to help the Lions with various fundraising events in the community also.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department has had several busy weeks over the past months.  Crews have been called out to multiple fires.  These fires have burnt thousands of acres of land in the surrounding area, leaving the ground charred black awaiting regrowth to occur.

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Questions reveal candidates’ priorities

By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Closing questions asked at last Thursday’s school board candidates’ forum gave the public insight into the candidates’ priorities on various issues.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Since 1994, Dalhart and Dallam County residents have been able to utilize the variety of services offered by the Dalhart Senior Center. Whether enjoying the fellowship of friends each weekday for lunch, or  spending time laughing and quilting , exercising or participating in a meeting being held in one of the building’s rooms – hundreds of residents have benefitted from this community center.  And DSC Board member Kristine Olsen hopes that the center will be able to continue serving the public.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Candidates and voters got a chance to discuss the issues facing the Dalhart Independent School District at a forum sponsored by KXIT Radio and the Dalhart Texan. The forum was held at the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center on Thursday, April 21. Friday’s issue of the Texan contained candidate answers to an introductory question asked of all the candidates, and a question directed to the incumbents about taxpayer approval of major item expenditures and the new football stadium. This story will focus on the candidates’ immediate priorities and their visions for the DISD.

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Municipalities could shoulder cost of indigent defense

By JILL BEMPONG

Senate Bill 726, sponsored by Senator Jose Rodriguez, (D-El Paso), seeks to minimize the financial gap created, in part, by the recession in the funds available for economically disadvantaged Texans to afford legal services. S.B. 726 would add $10 to municipal traffic fines in order to help fund indigent civil legal aid and indigent criminal defense. Individuals that receive tickets for parking and pedestrian infractions will be exempt. Senator Rodriguez estimates that the bill will generate $77 million for 2012-2013.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan
Last night’s School Board Candidate Forum was a learning experience for the 11 candidates, the approximately 50 members from the public in attendance, and the countless number of citizens listening on the radio. One lesson the public will take away from the forum: it is going to be a difficult choice to fill the three available seats from such a large field of bright, dedicated candidates. By listening to the questions posed from those in attendance, the candidates learned that citizens are concerned about fiscal responsibility, teacher retention, and student performance improvement.

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By JANELLE GOODELL
Area fire departments responded to a fire at the Pritchard Ranch.  According to Dalhart Fire Chief Curtis Brown, the fire started due to a downed power line.  It burnt from the headquarters to FM 1879.  Although no structures were damaged due to the blaze, it burnt 11,009 acres of farm and range land.  At the widest place, the damage is estimated to be 14 miles across.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

There’s a song by the Christian recording group Selah that never fails to hit me right between the eyes when it comes time for it to play in my car CD player. The title is Unredeemed, and it summarizes all the trials and hurts of this life we live and how they will not go “unredeemed.”

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The Stone that Rolled Away

By JUDI WIEGMAN
We wanted something wonderful to bring in families from the neighborhood to celebrate Easter, get acquainted and perhaps make our church their church.
We met as a Sunday school board and settled on a wonderful afternoon of events for Palm Sunday. We set the wheels in action to make the event successful; flyers were handed out, posters went up and we invited friends and neighbors to come.

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By DEAN CRUZ

Every college basketball fan was waiting to see what excitement the championship game would bring to end the 2010-2011 season. Much to everyone’s surprise, Duke or Kansas did not make the championship game. It was the Huskies of the University of Connecticut who would reign as the champions on the evening of Monday, April 4, 2011. The Huskies defeated Butler Bulldogs, 53-41, to become reigning champions.

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By JILL BEMPONG

Imagine that you are a young man, happily married with young twin girls. Some folks talk about the “itch” that occurs in the seventh year of a marriage, but there is nothing to scratch in your world. You are content. Life is good. And then the unimaginable happens. Your wife becomes ill and you wake up one morning, a single father of two four-year-old girls. Your life is forever altered, but yours is no hard luck, cry me a river story. The story of Rusty Hammett and his twin daughters, Sarah and Sadye, is a story of commitment: a father’s commitment to raise his children as best he can; a community’s commitment to help one of its own. And, the commitment of two families determined to honor the memory of their beloved by helping Rusty raise his girls.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

With the construction of the new high school football stadium well underway, plans are being made to construct a new Veterans Memorial statue at the entrance of the new stadium. Just like Veterans Memorial Park, the Dallam-Hartley County Veterans Memorial Committee is spearheading this cause as a grassroots project funded by donations from the community.

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Scandia Wind Southwest, LLC has recently made moves that put it closer to bringing its Mariah Project, a large scale wind development project, to fruition.  Scandia signed a term sheet agreement with Tres Amigas, LLC to provide transmission services to Scandia to become an anchor customer in the first phase of the Tres Amigas superstation. As an anchor customer, Scandia will utilize 50 percent of the initial capacity of Tres Amigas in order to enable Scandia to move 375 MW (megawatts) of electric renewable wind power to the west.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Spring time and bicycling seem to go hand in hand.  Due to the generosity of Kohl’s and the volunteers from North West Texas Hospital, thousands of children in the panhandle will be much safer riding this year.  The group is giving away a total of 3,000 helmets during the spring this year and plans to give another 2,000 away during the fall.  Students at Dalhart Elementary School and St. Anthony’s Catholic School received helmets.  Other communities that have benefited from this program are Channing, Amarillo and Pampa.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

CASA 69 is celebrating 25 years serving 700 abused and neglected children by hosting a special evening with speaker Dave Pelzer on Friday, April 29, at the Dumas High School Auditorium in Dumas. Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is a nonprofit organization that believes a child’s right to a safe and permanent home should be acted upon by the court in a sensitive, expedient manner. CASA 69, Inc. provides trained community volunteers to represent the child’s best interest in the court and serves children in the 69th Judicial District, which includes Dallam, Hartley, Sherman, and Moore Counties.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

The Dalhart Texan has reason to celebrate. Last week, the Texan was honored with three press awards at the Panhandle Press Association 101st Convention held in Amarillo on April 7-9. Among the awards, the Texan earned first place for their special section covering the XIT Rodeo and Reunion, and third place for their special section on the Kindergarten Class of 2022. Furthermore, the Texan won third place in the category Best Website.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The track season has ended for the Dalhart Junior High track team.  The team competed in the district track meet held in Pampa on Saturday, April 9.  All of the young athletes have worked hard during the season to decrease their time in races and increase the measurements in the field events.  Three of the athletes broke records in the pole vaulting event and many others set personal best times.  The seventh grade girls team finished in seventh place out of the nine teams that competed at the meet.

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The Dalhart Texan and KXIT Radio are sponsoring a school board candidate forum.  This year there are 11 people competing for three seats on the DISD School Board.  Candidates are John Cover, Tim Jones, Mike Thelander, Mark McKay, Russell Routon, Boyd Barrow, Janet Banks, Peter Baumert, Reynaldo Encinias, Randy Sherrill and Seth Simmons.