Two area Veterans treated to historical flight to D.C.
By Robin Scott
The 2nd annual Texas Panhandle Honor Flight left Amarillo on October 7th with 151 passengers on board. About half of those were 80-somethings who had served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II and the Korean War. The Veterans were invited to travel to Washington, D.C. on an all expenses paid visit to the nation’s Capitol. The three days and two nights trip included visiting the War Memorials honoring service members.
The American Airlines “Flagship Liberty,” a 737 aircraft bearing a large yellow ribbon on its tail, has the honor each year of flying the vets and guardian volunteers from Amarillo directly to Washington Reagan Airport, Washington, DC.
Dalhart Fire Department educates with puppet show
National Fire Prevention Week began on Sunday, October 4th. The Dalhart Fire Department took the opportunity to visit with more than 700 children throughout the week and talk about fire safety.
Fire Chief Curtis Brown of the Dalhart Fire Department was busy traveling to area schools, churches and day care centers with Fred the Firemen and Spot the Dalmatian, two puppets clad in firefighter gear. The volunteer firefighters who work for the Dalhart Fire Department spent some of their “down” time building a puppet show stage, which they transport with them when they visit with kids. Throughout the week, the firefighters met with area youngsters and introduced Fred and Spot, who assisted in the message of fire safety.
A passion for running
Dalhart residents recently had the opportunity to meet a woman running from Boston, Massachusetts to San Diego, California and perhaps become a part of record book history. Katy Visco, who turned 24-years-old during her 9-month long trek, is the youngest woman ever to begin a cross-America run. If she decides to run back across the country, she will also become the first person in history to do so.
National Breast Cancer awareness month
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Since the program began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older and breast cancer deaths have declined. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month educates women about the importance of early detection. More and more women are getting mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. As a result, breast cancer deaths are on the decline. All women should be encouraged to get mammograms on a regular basis.
Mild summer weather leads to slow start for corn harvest
Relatively cool temperatures throughout the summer months have slowed the maturity of area corn crops, leading to a late start on harvest this year.
While Janda was here from Portland we made a trip down memory lane; well, Sagebrush Road, where she lived and played as a child.
As we turned the corner in front of the home where she grew up, I caught the look of surprise on her face. When we moved there, the house was plain and naked without a shrub or tree in sight.
Reminiscing time near
Reminisce is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as “to recall the past.” We all from time to time reminisce of past days regardless of our age. We recall people, places, and events from our past; those objects, places, and individuals who helped us define who we are today. Reminiscing serves as an avenue for us to not forget the past; but rather let it linger in our mind, celebrating those joyous past occasions and the people who had a great impact in who we are today.
Man fails to sneak marijuana through town
Early Saturday evening, October 3rd, officers with the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office made a large dent in the amount of drugs trafficked through Dalhart. Deputy Jack Reynolds pulled over a vehicle on Highway 54 East. The vehicle had Arizona license plates and was traveling at nearly 100 miles per hour. The stop occurred just after members of the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office had driven to Conlen to check on a Trooper who hadn’t responded to his radio.
Dallam County Judge signs proclamation
Judge David Field, Dallam County Judge, honored the 4-H Youth Development Program of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service by signing a Proclamation on October 1, 2009. The honor recognized 102 years that 4-H has provided experience-based education to youngsters throughout the Lone Star State.
Winner of the Week
Gary Messer receives his prize money as the winning contestant of the sixth week’s football contest. He got eight out of nine correct with the tie breaker of 50. The annual contest that lasts through the football season is sponsored by First National Bank. Entrants are reminded to print their name on the form and include their daytime phone number so that they can be notified if they win.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I was served with papers recently. The man who served me was not a Deputy Sheriff or wearing a uniform. I thought that only the Sheriff’s Office could serve people with civil papers. Have I been legally served or is the service invalid because it wasn’t a Deputy Sheriff that served the papers on me?
Dalhart resident driving in style in PT Cruiser
The Annual Barta Bash enjoyed a great success in its fourth year this past weekend. The Bash was held at Rita Blanca Coliseum and nearly 400 people attended. The Bash raises money for area families in need and its annual fundraiser showcases local bands.
Dallam County Sheriff’s Office welcomes new deputy
On Thursday, October 1st, the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office welcomed the arrival of a new deputy. The new position was recently created by a vote of the Commissioner’s Court, making the Sheriff’s Office a five-member department rather than four.
National Fire Prevention Week
The week in which October 9th falls is dedicated to National Fire Prevention Week annually. This year’s Fire Prevention Week begins on Sunday, October 4th and runs through Saturday, October 10th. Firefighters across the United States will attend Memorial Services this Sunday to honor their comrades who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
4-H clubs encourage leadership
National 4-H week begins on October 4th and runs through the 10th. The 2009-2010 Texas 4-H theme is “Look to the Future.” For a century, kids across Texas have been learning, leading, and having fun in 4-H, learning the value of helping their community, the importance of being a great leader, and, at the same time, having fun.
United Supermarkets supports 2009 Sponsors for Education Excellence Program
AMARILLO - Communication skills are central to a successful life and can affect the well-being of many Americans. One in six Americans is known to have a communication disability with the numbers doubling in the last 30 years.
Cargill Cares Committee Supports St. Anthony School Science Program
The Cargill Cares Committee (CCC) has made a grant to St. Anthony’s Catholic School to help build their science program through equipment and resources. The CCC grant will boost science instruction for students with emphasis on local applications such as agriculture- and dairy-related experiments. Experiments and science education would be coupled with field trips to local dairies and agriculture sites such as feedyards. This expanded effort will couple nicely with new science texts purchased for the current school year.
TDCJ Dalhart Unit employee in fatal auto accident
By Robin Scott
Late Wednesday evening a man employed at the Dalhart Unit was tragically killed when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a semi truck near the intersection of Highway 54 West and Ranch Road 694 just outside the city limits of Dalhart. The accident occurred at approximately 11:00 p.m. The semi truck was driven by a man on his way to Tennessee and heading east on Highway 54 toward Dalhart.
You have a little bit of chocolate around your mouth
We all have our favorites: our own favorite television show, singer, clothes, places, and people. Sometimes our love affair of an item is public; other times we keep our favorite indulgence of that Snickers Ice Cream Bar our own little secret only to be caught by that tale-tell chocolate around the mouth. At the Texan we have decided that it is time to pay homage to your favorites. We want to honor the best of the best and our community’s choice of those places we love and those people we adore.
Fire at La Espanola Restaurant
On Thursday, October 1st, the Dalhart Fire Department was dispatched to a fire located within the La Espanola Restaurant at the corner of Highway 87 South and 16th Street. The call rang out at approximately 10:15 a.m. and firefighters sped to the scene.