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City purchases new track loader
The City of Dalhart has acquired a brand new track loader from
Warren CAT located in Dalhart. The track loader was delivered to the
city by James Peoples, P & P Trucking of Dalhart. The Street and
Sanitation Department for the city will use the new loader out at the
Ask The Lawyer
“Can my child get a ticket for being out past curfew even if he is on his way home?”
Question: Can you explain to me about the curfew laws. What
aged children are required to be in by a curfew and what times do they
have to be in? Also, does it mean that they must be on their way by a
certain time, or already home? Can my child get a ticket for being out
past curfew even if he is on his way home?
2009 DHS Valedictorian receives Governor’s Award
Jasmine Bohlender was named Valedictorian for the 2008/09 school
year for Dalhart High School. She accomplished many scholastic
achievements during the school year as well. One accomplishment was
taking first place in the U.I.L. statewide competition in accounting.
Governor Rick Perry personally gave the top students winning U.I.L.
competitions awards in June, but Jasmine was in New Guinea on a
Council postpones rezoning vote
A zoning change from R-1 Residential to Special Use for zero-line
lots was again tabled at the Dalhart City Council’s meeting this past
Tuesday, August 25. There have been several residents in the area who
have written letters in opposition to this zoning change, which would
be in the area of Yucca and Denrock. State law requires that if at
least 20 percent of the residents in the affected area oppose the
zoning change, then 75 percent of the entire council must vote in favor
of the zoning change proposal for it to occur.
OAT benefits another local youth
Destiny Lucas is 5-years-old and attends Dalhart Elementary School.
She has already endured many challenges in her life. Amanda Lucas gave
birth prematurely to Destiny on August 6, 2003 at Northwest Texas
Hospital in Amarillo. She was born weighing 1 pound and 14 ounces and
she was 13 inches long.
Dalhart holds Fritch scoreless in opener
Couch Young always builds his team around his defense, which would
bend but not break Friday night, but it was the offense that was on
display at Sanford Fritch, as the Golden Wolves outgunned Fritch 38-0
to open the season. On a beautiful night for football in the Panhandle
the Wolves opened the scoring with a 7 yard touchdown run by Adrian
Ruiz to take the early lead 7-0 after the extra point by Zinsan
Puttick. The Golden Wolves defense held Fritch on a 4th and 5 attempt
and took over on downs near the end of the first quarter, but could not
score again. In the second quarter Zinsan Puttick kicked a booming 52
yard punt from deep in Dalhart territory and Adrian Ruiz knocked the
ball loose from Fritch and the Wolves took over with great field
The début of Hillside Christian Church
Hillside Christian Church, dubbed the “portable church,” will début
in Dalhart on Sunday, August 30th. (It is portable because all of the
equipment for the church is being housed in two large trailers that
will be moved to the new High School auditorium each Sunday to conduct
the 10:30 a.m. service.)
Mud Bog results and winners
The 13th Annual XIT Mud Bog was held during the 73rd XIT Rodeo and
Reunion and saw many exciting results. Each participant was scored on
either their overall distance, if their vehicle became stuck, or their
overall time if they finished the course. Each competitor was judged
on the better of two runs. Kurt Haschke reported that only one vehicle
suffered a blown engine, one with a broken axle, one flat tire and one
starter that went out.
Is a traffic signal needed at 16th Street and Highway 87?
On Thursday, August 27th, just as students were leaving the high
school for lunch, a wreck occurred on Highway 87 at the 16th Street
intersection. The location has been a hot spot for motor vehicle
wrecks, and Thursday’s crash brought out the Dalhart Fire Department,
Dalhart EMS, Texas Department of Public Safety, Hartley County
Sheriff’s Office, and the Dalhart Police Department.
Football Season has arrived
It’s that time of year, when a young man’s fancy turns to
“football.” This is the time of year that almost every male looks
forward to – the brisk chill in the air; the sound of helmets crashing
into each other; and the whistle of a coach, calling the end to a play
or suggesting that you better start running. Now that the final
scrimmage is behind the Wolves, the season can begin in earnest.
On July 14th, friends gave birth to Jordan Brook Fox in Ft. Worth,
TX. The birth was especially exciting to her parents after they
recently experienced a stillbirth and several miscarriages. But frail
little Jordan was not without problems. In the first five days of her
life, she had six surgeries all involving issues with her tiny heart.
The Fox family remained strong and hopeful as little Jordan began to
respond. But on Friday, August 21st tiny Jordan’s struggle ended when
the decision was made to remove her from life support. Kim and Joel
held her in their arms and said their goodbyes.
Excitement is growing
Two events have brought new life to the Dalhart Church of the Nazarene.
Casa de Oracion (House of Prayer) began to hold services in the
Dalhart Church on Sunday afternoon, August 23rd. Thirty people
attended the first service conducted in Spanish by Rev. Arnulfo Rodas
Bank of America donates to the Dalhart Senior Center
Bank of America donates to the Dalhart Senior Center
Ask The Lawyer
“Am I supposed to mark the eggs I sell by grade and size, and how do I go about learning how to do that correctly?”
Question: I raise chickens and use their eggs for personal use. If my
chickens lay a lot of eggs, then I try to sell the extra ones that my
family and I do not use. I’ve been selling eggs that way for a couple
of years. Usually, the same people buy eggs from me. One lady that
bought eggs from me said that she heard that I’m supposed to mark the
eggs with their “grade” before selling them. I never heard of that
before, although I know that when I go to the store I see that eggs are
sold by grade and size. Am I supposed to mark the eggs I sell by grade
and size and how do I go about learning how to do that correctly?
Area schools get underway
The school zones were busy with students, parents and vehicles on
Monday. A few drivers were pulled over for a reminder to slow down
during the school zone hours, but for the most part, traffic ran as
smoothly as expected. Parents are encouraged to follow the flow of
traffic when picking up and dropping off children. Parents are also
asked to make a note of their children’s teachers’ conference periods
when needing to speak with any of the area teachers. Each teacher has
designated time for conferencing with parents, so that the school day
15th Annual XIT Antique Tractor Show and Pull
Wayne Speer, Secretary and Treasurer of the XIT Antique Tractor
Association, described the 15th Annual XIT Antique Tractor Show and
Pull as, “Another good year.” The annual event occurs during the XIT
Rodeo and Reunion celebration and is highly anticipated.
Dalhart man dies in one-vehicle accident
On Saturday, August 22nd at approximately 4:00
p.m., Central Dispatch received a report of a one-vehicle accident on
FM 3110 between Dalhart and Texline. The driver of the vehicle was
killed in the accident.
Sheriff Bruce Scott with the Dallam County
Sheriff’s Office responded to the fatal car crash. He stated on
Monday, “I would not have responded to an accident that DPS was already
handling except that we learned there was a fatality. I picked up
Justice of the Peace Judge Rita Little and drove her out there. She
pronounced the driver dead at the scene.”
Channing gets a cowboy church
The dilapidated former Cayce Grocery store on
Highway 385 in Channing has received a facelift. In four days, the
building was changed from a run-down eyesore to a church.
Dedicated men and women from all walks of life,
with a talent for building, came from several towns in Texas to be part
of God’s plan; to rebuild the store into a church called Saddle
Mountain Cowboy Church. The facility was dedicated on Saturday, August
Animal Control Officer stays busy
Joe Hockaday, the City of Dalhart’s Animal Control Officer responds
to calls from city residents regarding any animal that is out within
the city limits of Dalhart. Calls include anything from a lost dog,
loose cattle, snakes, mischievous raccoons, stray cats and horses out
of their pins to visiting travelers whose pet has become lost.
Another area employer closes doors
It has been said many times that “when it rains, it pours.” That
undeniable saying seems fitting to the conundrum of the downturn in the
economy and how it has affected local business. While many businesses
are still managing and a few are even prospering, several businesses
have fallen prey to an ever declining market. With the imposing
closing of Premium Standard Farms, cutbacks at several local
businesses, and most recently the closing of Clayton Cattle Feeders it
does seem that the rain has turned into a downpour.