Ask The Lawyer
Question: I rented a house without a written lease or deposit. I paid month to month. I gave 30 days notice that I was planning to move at the end of December. All of my rent was on time and current when I moved. Before I moved, the weather was really cold and a water faucet on the outside of the house froze and burst, making a hole in the wall. I made an agreement with my landlord to pay for the repair, and I gave my landlord a check. Now my landlord is demanding more money, saying that the repairs are actually going to cost about 10 times more than what we agreed upon. Am I obligated to give her more money?
XIT Museum receives Square Grand Piano
The XIT Museum recently received a Square Grand Piano from Ms.Lin Blansit of Austin Texas. Ms.Blansit is the granddaughter of Charlie Hanbury, an early carpenter for the XIT Ranch. Mr. Hanbury’s skills ranged from something as complicated as barn and furniture construction to smaller projects like crating furniture for shipment. The latter eventually led to his obtaining the Square Grand.
From your view
It has been said that photos speak a thousand words and that photographs are usually looked at - seldom looked into. We at the Texan take myriads of photos in order to document and illustrate the happenings of our area. However, we cannot always follow you on your own personal journeys, be with you on your funny incidents, or catch everything that we wish we could with the shutter. So, in essence, we want to look at, and look into, your photos.
A date to remember
People enjoy dates. They enjoy honoring them, celebrating them and having something in common with an event that occurred on the same date. On January 6, 1759 George Washington married Martha Dandridge Curtis, and on the same day in 1838, Samuel Morse made his first public demonstration of the telegraph. Nearly 50 years later, also on January 6th, Seattle was connected to the east coast via the Great Northern Railway.
What has 230 Exhibitors, 250 Hogs, 20 Lambs, 54 Goats, 15 Steers, 8 Heifers, and 75 Rabbits? You may be still be pondering upon what kind of event would have such a varied attendance. The time is nearing for the 2010 Bi-County Livestock Show with the show beginning on Wednesday, January 20th and continuing through Saturday, January 23rd.
Two retire from the USDA
The USDA/NRCS is honoring two of their own on January 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. David Guest has spent 43 years, 355 days serving and John Childress has spent 31 years, 214 days serving the Dallam County community. Both veterans are retiring, and the celebration will be held to recognize their many years of dedication.
Council Tables “No Right On Red” Turn Request
Wanting some input from the Dalhart Independent School District Board, the Dalhart City Council voted to table a measure that would make turning right from Texas Blvd. onto Tennessee Blvd. during a red light illegal. The action was taken at the council’s regular meeting held on Tuesday, December 22, 2009.
Happy New Day
“Happy New Year” is a phrase that resounds around the globe beginning at the stroke of midnight at the International Date Line and traveling around the world from there. Fireworks fill the skies over Tokyo, Shri Lanka, Moscow, Paris, London, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, and many towns in between, signifying that a new year has begun. People attend elaborate parties and lift a glass of champagne at midnight to “bring in” the New Year.
Local Wolf scores first team honor
Harper Scofield, a junior at Dalhart High School has received the honor of being the only Panhandle-area player named to the first team on the Class 3A ‘Associated Press’ All-State Football Team.
Scofield is a star defensive lineman for the Wolves; and due to both to his diligence and hard work has reached the playoffs for a school-record fourth consecutive year. He is credited with 92 tackles, three caused fumbles, eight sacks, three fumble recoveries, and one blocked punt that he returned for a touchdown.
Mary Bell’s Christmas
Rita Blanca Coliseum was packed with excited children on Sunday, December 20th, for the 3rd Annual Mary Bell’s Christmas for Kids. The annual event is made possible through the generosity of local residents who provide the funding necessary to purchase hundreds of Christmas gifts for area children.
The perfect day
By Robin Scott
Two weeks off from school brings with it many possibilities. Playing outside, especially if snow falls, watching Christmas specials on TV, or visiting relatives and exchanging gifts. All are exciting events in the life of a young child who tries to fall asleep early on Christmas Eve so that Santa will visit.
The Dalhart Texan Holiday Schedule
The Dalhart Texan will be closed for the Christmas Holiday beginning December 24th through January 3, 2010, and will reopen for business on Monday, January 4, 2010.
Area residents get shot
By Robin Scott
More than 200 area residents took advantage of the free H1N1 Vaccination Day on December 16th at Rita Blanca Coliseum. The daylong clinic provided both the live virus shot and nasal spray to all ages of people. An estimated 50 percent of those receiving the vaccination were youngsters.
Keeping up with technology
By Robin Scott
During the regular meeting of the Dalhart Independent School Board held Thursday evening, December 17th, Scott Hand, Director of Technology for DISD, presented the DISD Technology Plan for 2010 to 2013 to the board. The plan was unanimously approved, and when implemented, will upgrade the district’s technological ability even more.
Sharing a book and a story
By Robin Scott
The cafeteria at Dalhart Intermediate School was bustling with activity on Wednesday morning, December 16th as the HOSTS Reading Program held its annual Christmas party. Thirty-two children and nearly twice as many mentors attended the party, enjoying refreshments, gifts, entertainment and fellowship. HOSTS (Help One Student To Succeed) is in its 16th year at DIS.
Keep the lights on
By Robin Scott
Twinkling lights, holiday wreaths, lawn ornaments, nativity scenes galore. All types of Christmas decorations draped Dalhart lawns, homes, rooftops and more. The 2009 Lighting Contest winners were selected Tuesday evening, December 15th and all of the winners managed to impress the judges.
Technically they sang great
Second graders from Dalhart Elementary School performed on Tuesday evening, December 15th at the Dalhart Intermediate School Auditorium. The performance entitled, “A Cowboy Christmas,” was a compilation of Christmas tunes and poems with a twist.
1,600 square miles to go before they sleep
The Dallam County Sheriff’s Office is made up of Sheriff Bruce Scott and four full-time deputies. Together, the group has the onerous task of patrolling one of the larger counties within the state of Texas, covering approximately 1.3 million acres. The task has become somewhat less burdensome with the recent addition ofDallam County’s newest deputy, Paul Rowell, who joins Chief Deputy Kevin Martin and deputies Jarrett Sides and Jack Reynolds.
The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department gave out new blankets to each resident of Coon Memorial Home in December. The blankets were hand-delivered by Fire Chief Curtis Brown and several of the volunteer firefighters.
The Grinch “almost” stole Christmas!